How to cre­ate an eye­catch­ing gallery wall

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Gallery walls, also called mo­ment walls, are one of to­day’s hottest home decor trends. Gallery walls en­able home­own­ers to cre­ate vis­ually ap­peal­ing group­ings of pho­tos, frames, wall art, and much more to dress up any room in the house.

Gallery walls can make a state­ment in the liv­ing room, add fi­nesse to an en­try­way or show­case spe­cial items along a stair­case. One need only do a quick in­ter­net search or browse through life­style mag­a­zines to see ex­am­ples of gallery walls for in­spi­ra­tion. Any­one with a lit­tle de­ter­mi­na­tion can de­sign a gallery wall.

Find your muse. The first step to cre­at­ing a gallery wall is to choose a theme. If flo­ral prints are your thing or you love ab­stract art, build your gallery around these el­e­ments. You can even use color or frame style as the co­or­di­nat­ing fac­tor.

Take your time. Some peo­ple rush into cre­at­ing gallery walls, and that can be a mis­take. Spend time pick­ing out pieces and try­ing dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions be­fore you take out the ham­mer and hard­ware. The mix should be cap­ti­vat­ing and look like it was a cu­rated col­lec­tion. Some pieces can be high-end, while oth­ers may be picked up at flea mar­kets or even be your own art­work or photography.

Ex­per­i­ment with di­men­sions and lev­els. Gallery walls need not be re­stricted to flat pho­tos on a wall. Tex­ture and depth can be used in wall de­signs. In­ter­sperse shelv­ing, sconces, wooden let­ters, clocks, and more to make the gallery even more eclec­tic. Feel free to build the gallery around items that are in the house, such as win­dows or tele­vi­sions. This can help elec­tron­ics blend into the de­sign.

Es­tab­lish your fo­cal point. Pot­tery Barn sug­gests mak­ing the cen­ter of the dis­play at eye level, roughly 66 inches off the ground. Then build the gallery out from around that fo­cal point. There are many pat­terns that can be built into the gallery, from “spi­ral” to “cen­tered” to “re­flec­tion” de­signs.

Cre­ate a tem­plate. Lay the gallery de­sign on the floor and cut news­pa­pers or other pa­per to the size of each piece. Use mask­ing tape to po­si­tion these guides on the wall, try­ing a few ar­range­ments un­til you are happy with the fin­ished prod­uct. Then re­place the pa­per with the art­work.

Hang items with pre­ci­sion. Don’t skimp on tech­nique. Use a ruler, level and the right tools. This en­sures pieces are straight and in line with oth­ers.

Gone are the days when large pieces of art­work fill empty walls. Gallery de­signs add state­ments and can bal­ance rooms in creative ways.

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